Dear international participants, we will be very happy to see you all in Minsk!
Mind that if you want to come to Belarus you may have to get a visa to enter the country.
Visa-free regime is provided only for the citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba (for a term not exceeding 30 days), Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia (provided that there is a private invitation or tourist voucher), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro (for a term not exceeding 30 days provided that there is a private invitation or tourist voucher), Qatar (for a term not exceeding 30 days), Russia, Serbia (for a term not exceeding 30 days), Tajikistan, Turkey (for a term not exceeding 30 days), Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (for a term not exceeding 90 days), Ecuador (for a term not exceeding 30 days).
Belarus is also is visa-free for people who are going to spend no more than 5 days here and arrive at and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.
The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).
To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport”, foreign nationals must have the following documents:
- a valid passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad;
- financial means: at least 25 Euro (or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles) for each day of stay;
- medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros that covers the territory of Belarus. It can be purchased at the airport upon your arrival and will cost very little.
For citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen zone with a mark in passport on crossing the border of these states and tickets with confirmation of departure from “Minsk National Airport” within 5 days from the date of entry is a compulsory additional requirement.
In case you choose to travel differently or want to stay longer you will need to get a visa. We will be glad to provide all the assistance we can in order to make this process easier for you. Here's a checklist of things that you need to get a visa to Belarus:
1. Find out if there is a Belarusian embassy in your country. If yes, check out their website for more details.
Citizens of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are able to apply for visa at the Belarusian Embassy in Latvia by post. Follow http://latvia.mfa.gov.by/en/contacts/ to find the contact information.
Mind that if you choose to travel by train, bus or car you will have to get a visa in advance
If you arrive in Minsk by plane but want to stay more than 5 days you are eligible to apply for visa at the airport upon arrival (NOTE: it only can be done if you arrive by plane at Minsk Airport, details here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/airport/).
Mind that if you are planning to fly via Russian Federation it won't be possible to get a visa at the airport. Also if you chose to fly via a non-Schengen country additionally you may need to get a transit visa of the country you are flying through. We recommend you to choose either a direct flight from your country of residence to Minsk or a connected flight via a Schengen country to make this process easier.
2. Prepare all the documents (they are mentioned on the embassy website or can also be found here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/ ) In short, you will need:
-a valid passport (valid for more than 90 days at the time of your arrival in Minsk)
-a photo -filled in visa application -medical insurance for traveling abroad
-copy of invitation letter ( will be provided by Education Centre POST)
-visa fee (depends on the country you are from and the place where you apply: embassy or airport; if you are getting visa at the airport you must provide the fee only in cash (euro))
3. Complete the following information form needed for the invitation letter https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cLNOCwa09MfNgSnf_4YyV9RiefJKn8TMQSbY_Dhjvyk/viewform
4. Apply for the visa at the Belarusian embassy in your country or at the Belarusian Embassy in Latvia (for Danes, Swedes and Norwegians). (NOTE: this needs to be done in advance, try not to put this aside for the last week).
If you decided to apply for visa at the airport then send us the scanned document package and we will contact the consular service at Minsk Airport to arrange the visa granting procedure upon your arrival.
There are several ways to get to Minsk.
The easiest one is to arrive by plane at Minsk International Airport. If you choose it and are planning to stay no longer than 5 days you won't need to get a visa. But mind that plane tickets to Minsk may be a bit expensive and this doesn't apply to those who fly in or exit through the territory of Russia.
Another way is to fly to Vilnius, which can be cheaper if you choose to by your tickets with a low-cost company, and then to take a 2,5 hour train ride directly to Minsk. Train tickets will cost no more than 20 euro one way.
If you choose the latter option, however, you will have to get a visa at Belarusian Embassy in your country (for citizens of Sweden, Denmark and Norway it will be Belarusian Embassy in Riga, Latvia and you will have to apply by post, which means sending your original passport and supporting documents to Riga).
We also will try to help you with finding a local host to stay at if you need it. You may also choose to book accommodation with Airbnb or at a local hotel. The main hangout place will be on Kastryčnickaja street (Oktyabrskaya street in Russian), which is close to Pieršamajskaja metro station.
On Thursday and Friday before MLF (April 20-21) we are planning to host two days of week in Minsk, where you will be able to get to know more about Minsk and Belarus, socialize with your old Belarusian friends and probably make new ones. Consider this when booking your flight to Minsk.
Should you have any questions, please get back to us asap via firstname.lastname@example.org